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Charles Macurdy

Charles was born and raised in Vancouver. For over a decade, he worked as a chef before leaving the industry to attend university. Charles has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UBC. He has written on a range of culinary topics, such as food trends and cooking to restricted diets, and has published numerous original recipes. He has also written extensive criticism, covering television, film, and music, with a particular focus on television comedy as a developing art form. His most recent work is as a culture critic and humorist in his blog, The Red Couch Report. Charles is committed to fostering respectful, intelligent, and rational democratic discourse. Failing that, he is prepared to supplement the conversation with jokes.

Orange vinaigrette and warm quinoa salad

You'll have to excuse me for yet another brief absence. Hopefully, these two recipes will make up for it. They're a nice two recipes for getting into the Spring menu, with more fresh foods available...

Notes on the Feast

One of the many dishes on offer at the recent VO dinner party, Maelle Ricker Burgers with onion jam and roast tomatoes.

Anatomy of a Feast

Love 'em or hate 'em, the 2010 Games were an historic moment in our city. Now that they're over, it's time to eat.

Mea Culpa

In my haste, I posted a recipe with some improper proportions. The Maelle Ricker Burger is quite delicious when made with the correct quantities, but quite messy and difficult (although still tasty)...

Bonus Recipe: This One Goes Out to Gil LeBreton

B.C. Place or Berlin 1936, can you tell the difference? Gil LeBreton couldn't.

A Recipe for the Big Boys of the Four-Man Bobsled

These baked potato chips are a great alternative to the bagged variety.

Something Sweet for the Inimitable Clara Hughes

Like Clara Hughes, this dessert is a crowd-pleaser.

Breakfast for the Dynamic Trio of the Long Track

Try this onion jam with eggs or as a condiment.

This Fun Little Salad Goes Out to the Ladies of the Bernard Rink

Never used kohlrabi before? Try this salad as a simple introduction.